Eight months into the Republican-led Congress, Republicans have changed the way Washington operates, U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says in the Weekly Republican Address. From passage of a balanced budget and major trade legislation to approval of a highway funding bill and historic education reform, Republicans have brought both parties together to solve many of the challenges facing American families, Thune says. “In all, we‘ve passed more than 80 bills to grow our economy, protect our nation’s citizens, strengthen our security, and reform government. And we’re just getting started,” says Thune, who is chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Senate Republican Conference.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican senators will hold a press conference today, Wednesday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. EDT to discuss a new bill that protects women's health and defunds Planned Parenthood. The senators introduced the bill following gruesome footage showcasing Planned Parenthood's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. WHO: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
The Republican-led Senate is working on the first bipartisan multi-year highway bill since 2009, which would provide necessary stability for major infrastructure projects like highways. Republican senators have also begun congressional review of the Iran deal, with more questions arising from the latest hearing featuring Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Republican-led Senate is working to ensure America’s future by taking up legislation to address the challenges facing our nation. Legislation the Senate has taken up in 2015 includes bipartisan, common-sense education reform that returns power to states, local school boards, and parents, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which gives Congress and the American people a voice on the nuclear deal with Iran.
Senate Republicans work to hold the administration accountable as talks with Iran over its nuclear program continue.
Senate Republicans continue to lead the charge to secure the vital resources that our troops, veterans, wounded warriors, and service members need. Bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act is being threatened with a veto from the president and support for the defense appropriations it authorizes were filibustered by Senate Democrats.
Democrats are playing politics with our troops' well-being. Meanwhile, as our national defense hangs in limbo, Democrats continue to push the broken promises of Obamacare. Senate Republicans remain committed to supporting our troops and replacing the president’s broken health care law with real solutions.